The biography section is in web-documentary form, which includes original music, voice and various supporting browsable multi-media. My own music is used mostly to underscore various parts of the E-book, An Unusual Life.
Apart from developing this project, I’m also a music composer and writer. I have music in films and documentaries as well as on iTunes (Ascap).
This one, Welcome New World or The Pirate’s Song (parts, vocals and music by C. Weber) I’ve just finished working on but started writing years ago in New York. I have an idea it might work as music score for part of the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower sailing, either as film score or for installations. It was inspired by my room-mate at the time, Mr. Kim, a consultant lawyer to the government from South Korea. An amazing and fascinating guy who, during our time and friendship in New York, opened my eyes to a different, mostly Korean, perspective of the world – in terms of music, health, relationships and work – and inspired me to develop a singing voice. Before that I only ever played guitar.
‘New World’ is another original, reflecting my roots and love of rock music. My influences in rock veer towards artists like The Waterboys and World Party.
The song is about a certain time and arriving in New York, but has parallels with colonial invasions and the arrival of pilgrims in the New World. Interestingly, huge 400th anniversary celebrations are planned for 2020 in both Plymouth UK, where I live and which is where the boats sailed from, as well as in Boston and Plymouth Rock on the other side of the Atlantic.
Although a bit of a child of rock, influenced by artists I grew up with, I gravitate towards remix and re-interpretations, as that was my unique generational experience. So although this begins as a story about people around iconic rock music artists, mostly accomplished ones, I suspect we will cross a few boundaries in style, if for nothing but to stay open to developmental and new forms of musical exploration.
Above and below are a selection of songs, some original and some re-interpretations, which will underscore the biographical chapters in the E-Book. A few are in the music player (lower right, main screen). Right now they are getting upgraded with new recording equipment, my mustang guitar, new and better drums and a deeper and more polished level of production.
Original Unpublished Music
Sentimental Soldier – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Not The Same – C. Weber (Free/Not Published)
Two Tracks – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Welcome to The New World/The Pirate’s Song – C. Weber (Free/Not Published)
Everybody Else – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Once – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Spanish Lullaby – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Third Rose – C. Weber (Free/Not Published).
Reinterpretations and Cover Material for ‘An Unusual Life’
Arrangements, voices and instruments by C. Weber (Ascap).
Is You Is – C. Porter. Dance. With Nell Carter and C. Weber vocals.
Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – W. Jennings.
Angel – J. Hendrix. Alt Rock. Incorporating the new production sounds, particularly crisper and more open and authentic drums.
A number of the tracks will be posted with audio stems, for budding mix engineers into giving that a whirl. Particularly Layla (which is supposed to be a rural Turkish flavoured remix), Call Me – the Debbie Harry track (supposed to be more of a deeper Dub reinterpretation). A couple of others, like My Baby Just Cares for Me, I Don’t Claim to Be An Angel and Shine A light, which I sense need either new vocals or some traditional Gospel backing accompaniment.
Layla – Derek and the Dominos, Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon.
Shine A Light – Jagger/Richards. C.Weber vocals and guitar. According to the records, this was written about Brian Jones. I may clear some of these songs with an agency.
Call Me – Dub/Electronic – D. Harry.
Lover You Should Have Come Over – J Buckley.
My Baby Just Cares For Me – N. Simone. Electro version.
I Don’t Claim to Be An Angel – K. Wells. Slide version.
My main focus is on writing the E-book. I may later look to finish a collection of songs at Flame/Mussel Shoals Studio (I’ve made contact, discussed it and got a pretty reasonable quote). In the meantime we will use the tracks to illustrate the biographical chapters about a kid growing up in the unusual environment of music, poets, dealers, and more broadly counterculture.